SCARLET DRAGON LIKELY TO RETURN TO HURDLES AT HUNTINGDON FRIDAY 26th JAN
Scarlet Dragon has successfully been earning money for his owners on the All-Weather and still has the Winter Derby and Good Friday Classic as one of his main spring objectives.
However, this versatile horse is likely to revert to hurdles at Huntingdon, which will qualify him for a novices’ championship £100,000 Final at Sandown in late April. Nothing is ever cast in stone, but this gives us another option for a horse who continues to give his owners so much entertainment and fun.
RUNNING CLOUD HAS KEMPTON RACE FOR FLAT RETURN
Running Cloud, although finishing fourth on both his starts over hurdles, has not shown the same level of ability in that sphere as he has done on the flat. He is likely to return to Kempton Park where he has run so well in the past on Wednesday February 6th in a mile and three furlongs middle distance qualifier. He is a horse we have always suspected is better on good ground and possibly the soft ground that he encountered in both his hurdling starts were not altogether to his liking, so a switch back to the flat is interesting.
NO HIDING PLACE IN THE FRAME AGAIN
No Hiding Place, who won nicely at Kempton in November (pictured with Owners in Winners Enclosure), ran well on ground far from ideal to finish 4th of the 14 runners at Ascot on Friday December 21st in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.
Nicky Henderson’s conditional jockey, Alan Doyle, gets on with him well and the plan now will be to qualify for the Challenger Stayers Hurdle Final at Haydock in the spring.